The Curious Case of Ancnoc Whisky

By Alex Noble Thursday 28th Jun, 2018

When one utters the phrase, ‘Highland Whisky,’ to a group of fellow DC’s, you’d expect to hear about a historic or renowned brand, rich in heritage and prestige. So, when I say to you that Ancnoc (pronounced a-nock) is a self-proclaimed, ‘contemporary’ whisky, don’t be alarmed, be excited, and stay with me.

This cracking single malt is created using traditional production methods, yet they’re carried out in such a way that created a whisky with a distinctive modern style. The modern edge is highlighted through the bottle design and packaging.

“The end result is a lighter-tasting single malt that doesn’t compromise on quality.”

I recently sampled their 12 year old single malt, which was a very interesting combination of flavours and aromas. It’s certainly a dram that has something for everyone and is a bottle that I’d say should have a home within any Dapper Chapper’s drinks cabinet. Do not let it’s light complexion fool you; there is more complexity to this whisky than meets the eye.


It has a gentle amber colour with a slight yellow hue – Very inviting on the eyes.


The smell is soft, not sharp, and produces aromas that possess a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground.


Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. Light yet complex, smooth yet challenging. This is a dram that has something for everyone.

Reserve yourself a Friday evening, where you can forget about the hustle and bustle of the working week, slip out of your suit and into a drawm of this stuff – It’s the perfect end-of-week soother.